Huawei Honor Band Z1 Review – An Activity Tracker Made to Look Like a Smartwatch

While there are many smartwatches that aim for the fitness tracker motif, the Huawei Honor Band Z1 aims to do the opposite. It is a fitness tracker at its core but looks more like your typical smartwatch. It is certainly attractive, and is placed at a low price point, but it falls short on a number of areas.

Huawei Honor Band Z1 Review - An Activity Tracker Made to Look Like a Smartwatch

The Huawei Honor Band Z1 Has Pretty Basic Features for an Activity Tracker

The Huawei Honor Band Z1 does a fairly good job in tracking the calories that you burn and the steps you take in a day. It also does a fairly decent job of tracking your sleep. However, it is not without some shortcomings which might be the result of its low price tag. For instance, the display won’t always respond to your touch controls, and some notifications won’t appear. Furthermore, its fitness-tracking feature set is not enough even to compete with the low-end market. There are even other activity trackers that create more value than Huawei’s offering.

In terms of design, you won’t be in the wrong if you confuse the Honor Band Z1 to be an ordinary smartwatch. It has a round face made with brushed stainless steel that is connected with a hypoallergenic, polyurethrane wristband which comes in black, white, or silver. The band uses a traditional buckle design which does give a secure fit. As a whole, the tracker only weighs 0.8-ounces which means that it is as light as a feather. You may not even notice that you’re wearing it.

The face of the tracker measures at 1.5-inches around and is at 0.37-inches in thickness. There are no buttons on either side of the unit’s face so controlling it comes with no buttons on either side. Therefore, controlling it is mainly reliant on the touchscreen interface. However, performance of the screen is left much to be desired.

To activate it, you will simply tap on the screen. At its main screen, there’s the Bluetooth and battery icons at the top, along with the date, time, and day of the week found below. Swiping up and down with reveal the stats which will include steps taken, calories burnt, amount of time spent on a particular workout, and number of hours slept. There is also a settings menu wherein you can change the watch face with four different designs.

Overall, the Huawei Honor Band Z1 has the basic features as to what you can get in a fitness tracker. Hence, it fails to separate itself from an already crowded market of activity trackers. Also, the screen performs dimly as it is not as responsive as you would hope it to be. Ultimately, this is very hard to recommend even with its low price tag.


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